By: Erika Stanish/KDKA-TV
WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. (KDKA) — West Mifflin Space College District mother and father and academics are pushing for change within the district’s administration.
The united push comes after the academics union voted final week that it had “no confidence” in Superintendent Jeff Soles.
Throughout a college board assembly on Thursday evening, mother and father and academics packed into the center faculty auditorium wearing blue to point out help for his or her academics. A number of stood in entrance of the college board throughout the public remark session to precise their frustrations.
“Our jobs are a ardour and that’s our career, however we anticipate to be supported and really feel supported by administration,” former trainer Fred Danchenko mentioned.
“When the management modified final yr, the college by no means heard from Mr. Soles. No communication,” former trainer Rebecca Cibulka mentioned.
Cibulka mentioned she went into early retirement, and he or she blames Soles for not valuing her or different academics.
“I miss my colleagues, I miss the scholars. However I don’t miss the way in which I felt my final yr educating on this district,” Cibulka mentioned.
Soles by no means seemed up or made eye contact with these talking throughout public remark.
“Soles isn’t offering holistic management … sadly, his focus is on numbers, not educating our youngsters,” Danchenko mentioned.
Dad and mom, even a scholar, instructed the board that they need Soles out and former West Mifflin Superintendent Dan Castagna again in cost. Castagna was fired in 2019 after two DUI arrests. He’s at the moment the appearing superintendent for the Woodland Hills College District.
“I stand with the academics and Castagna,” a scholar mentioned.
As soon as public remark ended, board members went into a short government session. Somebody within the auditorium could possibly be heard yelling, “Make the precise resolution,” as board members walked out of the room.
Board members later voted in favor to create a particular committee that will likely be made up of key district and neighborhood stakeholders to deal with any challenges inside the district.
“The board needs to acknowledge considerations introduced ahead by West Mifflin Confederation of Lecturers Union management. It’s our need to work collaboratively with the union, district and households … to deal with issues the place acceptable,” a college board member mentioned. “We really feel it is a nice alternative to additional deepen relationships throughout the district, develop mutually agreeable approaches and put our college students first in all that we do.”
The particular committee will likely be remodeled the subsequent a number of months, in accordance with the board, and can supply suggestions and insights on challenges inside the district. The board mentioned the committee will then report and prioritize an inventory of alternatives to the related, accountable events for consideration, implementation and ongoing monitoring.